Newsletter | October 2020 Edition
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Swachhata Samachar
Incorporating Swachhata Pakhwada News
October 2020
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Swachh Bharat Diwas | 2nd Oct. 2020
The Swachh Bharat Diwas, 2020 was celebrated on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti with the distribution of Swachh Bharat Puraskar by the Ministry of Jal Shakti. The Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and the Minister of State for Jal Shakti, Shri Rattan Lal Kataria conferred the Swachh Bharat (2020) Awards to the best performing States/UTs, districts, blocks, GPs and Students in various categories. The awards were given at a virtual ceremony organized by Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), M/o Jal Shakti and saw the online participation by Awardee Students, Central, State and District Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBMG) officials.

The occasion observed the screening of Swachh Bharat Diwas 2020 short film and launch of the e-book on Samudayik Shauchalaya Abhiyan (SSA) & Swachh Sundar Samudayik Shauchalaya (SSSS) campaign, followed by the Swachh Bharat Diwas Awards distribution. Over 50,000 Community Toilet Complexes (CSCs) were constructed under these campaigns over the last one year for improving the universal access of safe sanitation facilities in rural India. Under the Gandagi Mukt Bharat (GMB) painting and essay competition, more than 24.4 Lakh students participated and 8.48 Lakh IEC messages were painted on walls and billboards.
Global Handwashing Day | 15th Oct. 2020

On the occasion of Global Handwashing Day, Hon’ble Prime Minister gave a message to the Nation on the importance of Handwashing with Soap, especially during the Global Pandemic COVID-19

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Global Handwashing Day
Swachhata Pakhwada Highlights
Launched in April 2016, this is an initiative under the Swachh Bharat Mission. Swachhata Pakhwada is inspired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi's vision to engage all Union Ministries and Departments in Swachhata-related activities, thereby making Swachhata "everyone's business".
October 2020
Ministry of Panchayati Raj
(1st - 15th October)
  • Plastic Waste management awareness activities were carried out throughout the country
  • Swachhata Raths were used to promoting source segregation of Dry and Wet Waste
  • Villagers participated in Wall paintings, Swachhata Rallies and Door to door campaigns to generate Swachhata awareness on cleanliness
  • Meetings and trainings were organised at Village and School level on Swachhata theme
  • Shramdaan activities were taken up to clean villages and motivate others

Ministry of Food Processing Industries
(16th - 31st October)
  • The webinar was organised on Swachhata theme
  • COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviour messages were displayed through Social Media during the Swachhata Pakhwada
  • Essay writing, Slogan writing event was organised on Swachhata theme
  • Swachhata pledge was administrated to minimise the use of Single-Use Plastic

Ministry of Ayush
(16th - 31st October)
  • Technical experts gave a live demonstration on preparation of biofertilizer
  • Webinars and virtual trainings were organized on Solid and Liquid Waste Management
  • Drawing, Essay, Poster making and Quiz competitions were held at various Institutes on Swachhata theme
  • Sanitizers, Masks and COVID-19 related awareness leaflets were distributed
  • Rally for Awareness on Swachhata and COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviour was organised
  • Herbal sapling plantation was undertaken as an important activity during the Swachhata Pakhwada